It doesn’t take one with keen eyesight to note how extremely disjointed Arsenal’s midfield was against Besiktas in the Champions League. Arsenal barely looked recognizable. I noted three things that need to change to bring back the fluency to our midfield:
Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere are not ready to play in midfield together:
There is a clear lack of understanding between the two players. Both are still learning their trade and need to do so surrounded by experienced heads around them. They are making the same runs. Rosicky once said he has had to adapt his game to suit the young players as they were always running into the same space. He has had to slowly curb his attacking instincts and fall back when either Ramsey or Wilshere attack to avoid leaving our midfield exposed. It might be true that Arteta has lost a yard of pace but he can’t defend the midfield alone when Ramsey and Wilshere go marauding forward together. Ramsey’s red card might be a blessing in disguise as it will force Wenger to turn to a player like Rosicky.
Arsenal do not need Cazorla:
We need to sell Cazorla right now while we can still make a profit. I accept there is no way we could have won the FA cup without Cazorla’s brilliant free kick but I have always thought of Cazorla as average. His creativity is not up there with the best, does not score a lot of goals, scored one free kick in his Arsenal career (FA cup), does not track back often and even when he does is not able to dispossess the player, and has no sense of urgency.
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Flamini covered well for Arteta:
Flamini is experienced, tenacious and has that never say die attitude. It is no coincidence when he came in for Arteta, Besiktas chances dried up. Even down to ten men, Arsenal looked solid. He should be our new defensive midfielder.